If Your Favorite Color is Chrome,

then you should have been in Fayetteville this weekend. Bikes, Blues and BBQ is a motorcycle rally started in 2000 with around 300 motorcycles in attendance.  It didn’t take long for people to discover the beauty of the area and the rally has now grown to an attendance of around 400,000. To date, Bikes, Blues & BBQ is … Read more

Combinations of Color

As summer winds down, September usually gives me one last burst of color. The allium stellatum,  coreopsis and zinnias are providing color and much needed nectar for traveling pollinators. The hydrangeas provide a good background for the four-o-clocks (Mirabilis jalapa) and the chartreuse coleus, ‘chocolate covered cherry’ coleus, white caladium, white impatiens and creeping jenny (Lysimachia nummularia) … Read more

From Caterpillar to Chrysalis

From the time the Monarch caterpillar lays its egg on a milkweed leaf and grows to become a butterfly is approximately one month. After the egg hatches, the caterpillar (or cat for short) becomes an eating machine.  Starting out as barely visible, the cat grows and grows and grows and grows When the cat has completed its cycle … Read more

Summer Harvest Recipes

I spent Labor Day weekend cooking, canning, freezing and pickling.  In other words, I took the holiday literally. To use my grandmother’s phrase, I cooked up a storm! I found some different recipes from my mom’s collection that I tried and wanted to share.  I don’t remember her ever making these but she was, as I … Read more